Toyota sets a goal to improve on last year's record-breaking electric race car, which will tackle next month's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. 2013 Toyota EV P002 Race Car will be more powerful than its predecessor delivering combined maximum power of 544 hp (400kW).

The peak torque from the advanced electric motors now is 1200 Nm (885 lb-ft) and it is delivered through a single-gear transmission. In addition, the engineers have sharpened the aerodynamics of the radical-based chassis of this race car.

What is more, this fully electric drivetrain maintains full power even in the thin mountain air.

The Pikes Peak climb begins at an altitude of 2,862 metres and finishes at 4,300 metres - all of which is now fully paved.

Toyota utilized off-board battery-to-battery charging technology, including a Schneider Electric EVlink™ DC Charger, to charge the EV P002 from the mountainside, where there is no reliable connection to the power grid.

Mounted in the rear of a Toyota HiAce, the TMG DC Quick Charger includes a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged directly from the AC power grid. The TMG DC Quick Charger is an independent source of power for rapid recharging in any location, which makes it the perfect solution for electric motorsport.

The vehicle will be driven this year by New Zealander Rod Millen, who has set multiple records at Pikes Peak and has competed regularly in Toyota machinery.

Toyota EV P002 Technical Specifications
Top speed 230km/h
Maximum torque 1200Nm
Maximum power 400kW
Maximum revs 6000rpm
Electric motor 2 axial flux
Inverter 2 x TMG inverters
Gear ratio 2.5
Transmission Single-reduction gearing
Battery Lithium ceramic
Battery capacity 42kWh
Charging technology Off-board DC charging
Length 4.10m
Height 1.04m
Width 1.79m
TMG DC Quick Charger specifications
AC grid connection / input
Grid connection 400 V AC CEE 16 A
Nominal input power 6.6kW
DC vehicle connection
Output voltage 400 V DC
Maximum DC output power 25kW
Battery 42kWh, lithium ion
Technology p art ner Schneider Electric (EVlink™)
Operating temperature 0 to 40°C
Storage temperature -30 to 60°C
Protection Short-circuit protection, output fuse, over-current and over-voltage protection, under-voltage shutdown

Source: Toyota